Free tour

Essential Montmartre

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Kristen
Quality Verified Registered on October 06, 2022

Hello! I'm Christian (Kristen). I'm a proactive pensioner, involved in many cultural and social projects here in Paris. I'm a history buff, with a strong interest in European and French history. I've lived for several years in Paris - at a short walking distance from Montmartre. I've lived in six European countries and visited all of them. I speak fluently English, as I'm British educated. I am a Norwegian-born Italian.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

The midday tour will start from the Abbesse square, and snake its way through the Montmartre streets and alleyways to highlight its history and its association with the impressionist painters.

The idea is to show the essential Montmartre in a nut shell. So showing the mainly the upper parts of Montmartre. This is an ideal tour for people short of time.

While gradually walking up to the summit of the Montmartre hill, I'll be showing the best cafes with views, the locations of the famous artist's ateliers, interesting architectural features of the 'village' part of Montmartre, and other more recent artistic curiosities of 20th century Montmartre.
To save time, we'll not be entering the two Montmartre museums or the churches. But passing in front of them, I'll give a short presentation about each of them.
This tour will give you a good experience and feel of what Montmartre is all about, so you can claim to have visited this famous neighborhood.
The tour will also give you advice on what else to see, especially the interior of various buildings of touristic interest. So join me on this tour!
Some of the stops are, 

  • 'I love you' mural
  • Old Abbey herbal garden
  • Renoir  studio 
  • Picasso studio
  • A traditional windmill
  • Amélie filming location
  • St. Pierre church (outside)
  • Tertre square ('village' square)
  • Sacre coeur church (outside) - end of tour

This  is a good introductory tour of Montmartre, with  over 20 stops in under two hours.

This is what you would call a ‘whirlwind’ tour of Montmartre, so  any place that inspires curiosity, can be explored more in depth after the tour. Which conveniently ends a short walking distance to Montmartre’s central square.

The maximum size of the touring group will be twelve persons, but usually it will be between two to six persons, as large groups can be an unsatisfying experience for the individual walker.

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
    Pl. Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
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    Outside of the metro Place Abbesse (I’ll be holding a blue folder & brown grey rucksack, beside of merry-go --round installation). Remember to take the lift once you get off the train, its a very long flight of stairs to the top.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Saint-Jean de Montmartre

    Presentation of Saint Jean modernistic church at corner of Place Abbesse.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Le Mur des Je t’aime

    Briefly present Abbesse metro station and Love Wall mural.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Jardin des Abbesses

    Replica of herbal garden of now demolished Monastery. Introduce Association of Old Montmartre.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    12 Rue Ravignan

    Cafe Le Relais de la Butte, first view over Paris

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Le Bateau-Lavoir

    Place where there was a co-operative of artists, first abode of Pablo Picasso.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    75018 Rue d'Orchampt

    House of Dalida , 1980s pop singer.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    83 Rue Lepic

    Galette windmill - an example of the old windmills once present in Montmartre

  • 8
    Outside visit
    12 Rue Ravignan

    Old 11 the century access road to Montmartre

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Rue Norvins

    Presentation Sandrin hospital and La Commanderie du Clos Montmartre(Cultural association)

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Rue des Saules

    La bonne franquette restaurant, and presentation of Van Gogh's life in Paris - in front of placards describing his life in France.

  • 11
    Outside visit
    La Maison Rose

    House of Maurice Utrillo, painter.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Montmartre vineyard

    Presentation of only vineyard left in Montmartre.

  • 13
    Outside visit
    Musée de Montmartre

    Presentation museum and studio of August Renoir.

  • 14
    Outside visit
    Chateau d'Eau de Montmartre

    View over North side of Paris, iconic souvenir photo with lamp post.

  • 15
    Outside visit
    Place du Tertre

    Beautiful square, been there since the 12 th century. Despite being covered by restaurant tables and hordes of tourists, it’s still worth to see.

  • 16
    Outside visit
    Salvador Dali museum

    Presentation museum , other views south side Paris.

  • 17
    Outside visit
    Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

    Second last stop of tour. The founding of the church with its associated Monastery was fundamental in creating the Montmartre village in the 12th century.

  • 18
    Outside visit
    Basilica of the Sacré Cœur

    End of tour, the Basilica will be presented, together with details on how to catch metro, see the best views and answering questions.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Carla 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled in family - Jul 2024
Questo giro a Montmarte è stato davvero sorprendente, Kristen ci ha mostrato tanti luoghi spiegandoci la storia di ognuno di essi e tante curiosità. Davvero una guida preparata e simpatica che consiglio a chi vuole conoscere questa zona di Parigi
Katia 16 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Molto piacevole
Langellotti 13 Jul 2024

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Travelled in family - Jul 2024
Guida eccezionale. Molto gentile e coinvolgente nel raccontarci le meraviglie che ci ha mostrato.
Alessia 11 Jul 2024

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Travelled in group - Jul 2024
Due ore piacevoli in compagnia di Kristen che ci ha fatto scoprire tanti angoli nascosti di Montmartre.
Lorenza 09 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Professionale e gentile, disponibile con il gruppo, interessante il tour proposto.. una valida alternativa alle autoguide che si trovano su internet.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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